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News Category: Wildlife

Oil spill preparedness needs to take wildlife into consideration

October 25, 2013

Our province is renowned worldwide for its wildlife. Nowhere is this more apparent than along British Columbia’s coastline, which is home to diverse species such as murrelets, petrels, auklets, puffins, sea otters, and seals among many others. All of these animals would be impacted by an oil spill. A new report released by the provincial …

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Man charged after raccoons left unattended in trap

September 30, 2010

A Victoria man accused of trapping three baby raccoons and leaving town has been charged with animal cruelty. Crown counsel charged Dieter Hartmetz under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act after BC SPCA staff found the animals injured and dehydrated inside a cage July 24. “Two of the raccoons had injuries to their mouths …

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New B.C. exotics legislation sends strong message to circuses

August 4, 2010

The BC SPCA is applauding the quick actions of Ministry of Environment staff in applying the province’s new regulations on exotic animals to travelling circuses. Officials from the Jordan World Circus, which toured 14 B.C. communities in July and August, were denied a permit to include three Asian elephants in their performances after failing to …

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Victoria man under investigation for bludgeoning of baby raccoon and mother

July 21, 2010

The BC SPCA is investigating a Victoria area man who was seen beating a baby raccoon and its mother to death with a hockey stick last Monday night. BC SPCA animal protection officer, Erika Paul arrived at the scene Tuesday to retrieve the bodies which will be critical to confirming how the raccoons died. “Raccoons are …

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Animal cruelty charges recommended against Mountain View Conservation Centre

February 8, 2010

The BC SPCA will be recommending charges of animal cruelty against Mountain View Conservation Centre following a six-week investigation into the care of giraffes at the Fort Langley facility.   Marcie Moriarty, head of the BC SPCA’s Cruelty Investigations Department, said the SPCA is waiting for necropsy results and will submit its recommendation to Crown counsel …

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